You are here

The best hotels in Australia (and why we love them)

16th October 2020

While we can't travel far right now, it doesn't mean we can't start planning our next holiday. Travel bible, Condé Nast Traveler, has just released its list of Australia and New Zealand's Top 10 Hotels. And let us tell you... there are some outstanding choices to help you kick-start your plans.

This list comes from 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers around the world who submitted tens of thousands of ratings and comments.

1. COMO The Treasury - Perth, Western Australia, Australia
2. QT Wellington - Wellington, New Zealand
3. QT Queenstown - Queenstown, New Zealand
4. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5. The Langham Sydney - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
6. Halcyon House - Cabarita Beach Australia
7. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney - Sydney, Australia
8. Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill - Red Hill, Victoria, Australia
9. Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park - Melbourne, Australia
10. The Langham, Melbourne - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Our expert travel advisers have had their say too. Explore our favourites from the list here in Australia and read our reviews below.

Como the Treasury, Perth

Como the Treasury, Perth
Como the Treasury, Perth

Como the Treasury, Perth

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #1:
"It's so easy for luxury hotels to feel cold and imposing, but COMO's expert staff are warm and feel totally integrated into the city's landscape. When you check in, ask the front desk to help you organize a gourmet picnic down by the Swan River—it will be one of your most memorable experiences in town. Whatever you do, make sure to snag a dinner reservation at the rooftop Wildflower, where head chef Matthew Sartori serves up contemporary cuisine revolving around the six seasons of the Indigenous calendar." - Todd Plummer, Contributing Writer

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"Como the Treasury is sophisticated luxury paired perfectly with historic charm. The rooms are all beautifully designed and incredibly spacious." - PINTIP SUTHAYAKHOM, REIS & JAMES TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, ACT

Experience it here »
 

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #4:
"The Fullerton Hotel Sydney occupies one of the city's most beautiful landmarks – a grand and imposing building that once served as the General Post Office. The fact that it’s smack bang in the centre of town within walking distance of the best shopping, sights and restaurants is simply a bonus. Forget what you think you know about South-east Asian food and dine at The Place in The Fullerton Hotel. Here it’s all about the clever interpretation of East-meets-West in dishes such as spicy salmon biryani and wagyu-beef rendang." - Conde Nast Traveler Australia

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"The beautiful, comfortable and spacious rooms make you feel right at home at The Fullerton Hotel in the heart of Sydney. I love the TWG Tea in the rooms, which is the signature tea blend from Singapore. And you can't miss their signature Singapore Sling at The Bar." - MELISSA MADIGAN, JONES & TURNER TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, NSW

Experience it here »
 

The Langham, Sydney

The Langham, Sydney
The Langham, Sydney

The Langham, Sydney

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #5:
"Offering oodles of space and elegant contemporary design, the 98 rooms and suites are light and airy, with views of the city or Western Harbour. Request expansive terraces for bragging rights. Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood tableware in the chic Palm Court can be paired with Champagne. The free Langham Pink Taxi (a rose-hued London cab) ferries guests around the area for meetings, shopping and dining. [And] canines rejoice! The Langham’s Pampered Pets programme extends five-star treatment to your furry friends for a fee, with pet-sitting and dog-walking services." - Sophie Davies, Contributing Writer

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"The Langham Sydney has the most sensational decor and I am obsessed with the Langham Pink London Taxi that they use for transfers and shuttling VIP guests around town." - ANN-CATHERINE JONES, JONES & TURNER TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, NSW

Experience it here »

 

Halcyon House Cabarita, Cabarita Beach

Halcyon House Cabarita, Cabarita Beach
Halcyon House Cabarita, Cabarita Beach

Halcyon House Cabarita, Cabarita Beach

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #6:
"The kind of place you dream about on a dark winter’s day. It raises the quintessentially Australian beach stay to something smarter and more sophisticated—and the food is easily among the best in the region. Former Noma chef Ben Devlin heads up the restaurant, Paper Daisy. The prawn sandwich is a wonderful interpretation of the Aussie favourite, made with brioche and avocado. Byron Bay is half an hour away (borrow an Audi from the hotel), where some of the hottest names in Australian food are making their mark—ask the concierge to book you in to Fleet or Harvest." - John Hannan, Contributing Writer

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"Halcyon House is just divine… from the gorgeous little welcome note, to the quaint blue restaurant and bar that felt like home, to the beachfront location. The attention to detail was impeccable." - KELLIE WOODWARD, REIS & JAMES TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, ACT

Experience it here »

 

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #7:
"Top-notch views, dining, spa and service make for a pampering Sydney stay. The impressive location beside the CBD is handy for retail therapy. Custom-designed Signature Four Seasons Beds come with three mattress topper options, sumptuous 300-thread-count linen, tactile duvets and a choice of pillows (down or hypoallergenic). Summon room service for restaurant-quality dining, from oysters to pizza, pasta and dim sum." - Sophie Davies, Contributing Writer

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"The views of the Harbour are breathtaking. The bedrooms are sumptuous and beautifully appointed, with some of the most comfortable beds I've slept in. I always recommend having a pre-dinner drink at Grain before heading out." - LUCY BELLAMY, BELLAMY & TURNER TRAVEL ASSOCIATES, SA

Experience it here »
 

The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne

WHY CONDE NAST TRAVELER RATES IT #10:
"This grande dame is located riverside in the Southbank precinct, just a few minutes' walk from the city centre. Visitors are drawn in by its old-fashioned opulence, which channels the great hotels of London and New York. The Yarra River and Melbourne skyline views are impressive, especially from those rooms with terraces or balconies. ARIA Bar & Lounge woos guests and Melbourne residents alike with its English-style high tea (a chocolate-focused version is offered on weekends)." - Dan F. Stapleton, Contributing Writer

WHY WE LOVE IT:
"The Langham, Melbourne is in such a great position, truly in the middle of it all on the Yarra River. And as only The Langham can, grandness and opulence exudes from every inch of its luxurious walls. Afternoon Tea is a must-do!" - GILLIAN WOODLEY, TRAVEL ASSOCIATES SANDY BAY, TAS

Experience it here »

 

Contact your local Travel Associates adviser now to plan your stay at one of these beautiful and luxurious hotels »